Lazio and Roma are expected to play out another chaotic Rome Derby on Sunday afternoon (1700 GMT) and football tipster Sergiu Baltuta expects their top scorers to strike.
AS Roma are a football club from Rome playing in Italy's Serie A, the country's top football league. Roma are one of the most successful clubs in Italian football history, having won Serie A titles in 1941/42, 1982/83, and 2000/01, as well as the Coppa Italia in 1963/64, 1968/69, 1979/80, 1980/81, 1983/84, 1985/86, 1990/91, 2006/07 and 2007/08.
Under the management of Jose Mourinho, the club won their first major trophy in 14 years by lifting the inaugural Europa Conference League trophy after a 1-0 win over Feyenoord in May 2022.
However, Totti is far from the only Roma legend. Among the other great players to don their colours have been Cafu, Carlo Ancelotti, Rudi Voller, Daniele de Rossi and Gabriel Batistuta. Even the legendary former Barcelona midfielder and iconic manager manager Pep Guardiola played for Roma, although his stint there was not particularly successful.
AS Roma were formed in 1927 as a merger between Roman FC, SS Alba-Audace and Fortitudo-Pro Roma SGS. The vision behind this process, initiated by Fascist Party representative Italo Foschi, was for Rome to have a strong team to compete with the northern Italian clubs.
Lazio resisted the merger due to the intervention of army General Vaccaro and the rivalry between them and Roma was thus born. Lazio fans have always felt like outsiders in their own city, but to them, they are the true club of Rome.
Post-war decline and recovery
However, a crisis was on the horizon. In 1964/65, manager Juan Carlos Lorenzo announced that AS Roma could not pay their players and the team were unlikely to be able to travel to Vicenza for their next fixture. Supporters set up a fundraiser for the club at the Sistine Theatre and the arrival of a new club president, Franco Evangelisti, saw Roma stay afloat. In 1968/69, Roma won a second Coppa Italia title.
Roma enjoyed their best spell in four decades during the 1980s, thriving under the guidance of Nils Liedholm.
Liedholm's first trophy with Roma was the 1979/80 Coppa Italia, which saw them beat Torino in the final. In 1980/81, Roma came close to winning their second top flight title, but were controversially edged out by Juventus. Maurizio Turone's goal for Roma against Juve was contentiously disallowed for offside, allowing Juve to claim the crown.
However, in 1982/83, nobody could stop Roma as they brought home the Scudetto. In 1984, they finished as runners-up in the European Cup, losing to Liverpool on penalties in the final after a 1-1 draw.
Roma lost to Inter Milan in an all-Italian UEFA Cup final in 1991. However, a new star of the show was about to emerge.
The Francesco Totti era
Francesco Totti joined Roma's academy in 1989 and made his first team debut on March 28, 1993, in a 2-0 away win over Brescia.
The following season, Carlo Mazzone converted Totti to a second striker and he quickly began to make his mark. By 1995, he was very much a first-team regular, and in the late 1990s, he regularly contributed assists and goals.
Roma remained competitive throughout the early 2000s, but this coincided with an era in which Juventus and AC Milan were particularly strong.
Roma finished third in Serie A in 2015/16 and second the following season - Totti's last at the club. He made his last Roma appearance in the 3-2 home win over Genoa, coming on as a substitute for Mohamed Salah, a mercurial winger who was eventually sold to Liverpool, where he became a huge success.
Eusebio di Francesco and Ranieri enjoyed spells in charge of Roma in the post-Totti era before Paulo Fonseca took over. However, Roma started to lose their way to some extent. In recent years, they have had to sell key players to balance the books and they now often struggle to qualify for the UEFA Champions League.
Despite reaching the semi-finals of the Europa League, Fonseca's contract was not renewed at the end of the 2020/21 season and former Inter Milan and Real Madrid manager Jose Mourinho replaced him.
Europa Conference League triumph
Mourinho guided Roma to a sixth-placed finish in Serie A in 2021/22, just one place better than the previous season, but it was in Europe where the team excelled.
Nicolo Zaniolo's strike in the 32nd minute was enough to beat Dutch side Feyenoord in the final, giving the Giallorossi their first major trophy since they lifted the Coppa Italia in 2008.
The 2022/23 season saw Roma play in the Europa League, where they were beaten in the final by Sevilla 4-1 on penalties following a 1-1 draw. Meanwhile, Mourinho's men finished sixth in Serie A, again qualifying for the Europa League.
AS Roma fans
Liverpool fan Sean Cox was left hospitalised after an unprovoked attack from masked members of the Fedayn ultras. The incident was condemned throughout both England and Italy and across world football, bringing the club to shame.
AS Roma rivalries
The rivalry exceeds that of football. It is viewed by the polarising groups as an opportunity to push their agendas, religious views and political beliefs and is likely to continue for many years to come.
This stems from the fact that both clubs are considered to be the biggest outside the north of Italy, with Roma hailing from the centre of Italy and Napoli being a southern-Italian outfit.
AS Roma finances
At the end of the 2019 financial year, Roma were reportedly €264million in debt. However, the Friedkin Group only took over as owners in 2020 and early indications from their reign are positive.
Forbes has the team being valued at $724million (€670million) as of May 2023 with revenue of $216million (€191million) and an opearting income of -$123 million (-€109million).